Sorry for the delay. Been an interesting - but, good - RL weekend.
Magic users aren't terribly common; however, they pop up from time to time. Minor talents that have a few parlor tricks are probably tolerated - especially in an occupation that could use a little extra help - thieves, delvers, hired swords and mercenaries.
However, the reaction of the general public is often more severe. Think Salem Witch Trials without all the hysteria. The prevailing thoughts about magic for any who have cared to pay attention are these:
- Magic creates demons: Those who lose control of the power become demons. The more powerful the sorcerer, the more powerful of a demon he becomes.
- Demonic Pacts: Demons enter into pacts with humans in order to bring over more demons from wherever they come from. This action grants the human immense power but damns their soul.
- The open gate: Something happened before the destruction of the civilization that built the ruins. They opened a gate and the demons came into this world. So did magic.